So, Batman. He's the second oldest character still in publication in mainstream American Superhero comics, having been published non-stop since his debut in May of 1939. He also has unarguably the greatest gallery of villains of any superhero, ranging from the stone cold classics (such as The Joker, Penguin, Two-Face and Catwoman) to the underappraciated gems (Calender Man, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee) to the down right ridiculous (Ten-Eyed Man). And it is also fair to say that he has the best supporting cast of any character in comics, be it his Bat-Family (the various Robins, Bat-Girls and Bat-Women) or his allies and confidents (Alfred Pennyworth and Jim Gordon being the standouts here). So with such scope and range in what to look for, it should be fairly easy to find Batman stories that can be classified as classics of the comic book medium. But which is the best?
As per usual I have given you ten options to start with and you can add your own. You can add specific comic issues if you so please, but try to refer to any multi-issue storylines by name (e.g. Batman #492-511 would be refered to as Knightfall). Elseworlds stories do count, as do any World's Finest or team-up stories provided Batman is a title character (so no The Brave and The Bold stories). We are not including any Bat-family storylines that do not include Batman, nor Justice League or Outsiders, Batman-centric stories only.
We haven't done a "Greatest Villains" List yet, which is both surprising and unsurprising. We've done the top 10 best rogues galleries, but we haven't actually gone in and looked at any of them in detail and ranked the supervillains in terms of how memorable they are and the effect they've had on the readers and the superheroes they plague. And it's somewhat easy to see why. What is the point of doing a Batman count down, you know that the Joker is waiting at the end, it can't be anyone else. Same for Superman, X-Men, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, Thor, Captain America, they all have that one foe that is just head and shoulders above the rest. However, Spider-Man is different. Sure he has some villains who are more recognisable than others, but he doesn't have a distinct "arch-nemesis", if anything, he has three at the very least. So, that's what we're doing this week. As per usual, I've given you 10 options to start with and you can add your own choices. If you do add answers, please give both supervillain name and civillian identity, because some names are carried over by different people.
Sorry I didn't have a Poll Position up for you guys last week, I had a very busy end to the week last Friday, but it isn't going anywhere.
Anyway, this week we're looking at who has given the best performance on any form of superhero TV show, be it live-action or cartoon. As per usual, I've given you 10 options to start with and you can add your own suggestions. Please bear in mind that if you add your own suggestions I would like if you could do so in the format of the options I have given, so actors name - role played - TV show - length of run. And you can add actors twice if the actor has played another role in a different series that you think is worth mentioning (e.g. Mark Hamill is a starting option for his work as The Joker in the DC Animated Universe, but has also been in the two live action Flash series as The Trickster).
After a three week spell deciding who is the best version of certain famous DC comics characters, this week we're returning to our original set-up of Poll Positions that will lead into lists. However, I'm not quite ready to let go of the "which of these characters is the best version" format quite yet. So, are there any other characters who have had multiple versions whilst still retaining the same name? And is there any topical reason to do a list? Hmmm. Oh wait, Doctor Who.
Seen as Peter Capaldi has recently announced that the up-coming series will be his last, now seems like a rather appropriate time to decide Who is the best Doctor, or, to shorten the question, who's best? We're only counting the 12 numbered Doctors, so the late great John Hurt does not count (R.I.P).
So, we've now had two polls focusing on classic DC characters who've had more than one person take up the mantel, both with fairly predictable results if we're being honest. And so to complete the trilogy, this week we're looking at what I'm expecting to be the most predictable of the lot. And it's rather topical, considering the subject of this weeks What Were They Thinking?. So for this weeks poll we want to know who you guys think was the best incarnation of Batman's most famous side-kick. We're only counting those who have taken the name in mainstream DC continuity, so no multiverse, elseworlds or possible future versions.
So, following on from last weeks poll, where we looked at who the best Flash was, this week we're looking at another DC icon that was reinvented from the Golden Age to the Silver Age and then numerous times since, Green Lantern. You can choose who your favourite is from all of the human characters to have held the title of Green Lantern in DC continuity. We are not counting any of the alien characters who are part of the Green Lantern Corps, just the humans who own green power rings.
This week we're going to do something a bit different than usual on poll position. Rather than doing a poll that will lead to a list, we're just going to have a self contained poll. No suggestions, no list. Now the reason why is simple. There are many famous instances in comics of a hero taking up the mantel of another hero (Sam Wilson taking up the Captain America role from Steve Rogers for example). However, there are only three examples of this happening where more than one character was given the opportunity to not only make a mark on the role but to make it their own. And probably the most famous of those three is The Flash. So this week, I want to know who, in your opinion, is the best of the 4 men to have taken up the mantel of the Scarlet Speedster.
Ok guys, classic style poll for this week. Easy premise, who is the greatest member of the X-Men, past and present. We're including all characters who have been a part of the main X-Men team or one of the sub-teams such as X-Factor or X-Force. However, we are not counting characters like Magneto, Juggernaut, Deadpool or Spider-Man, because whilst they may have been a member of the team at some point they are more famous for their roles outside of the team as either villains or solo characters. As per usual, I have given you 10 characters to start and you can add your own suggestions, provided you give both the characters hero identity and real name.
So, first Poll Position of the new year. So it needs to be something special right? Well, as this year will see the release of 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe Films and edges us ever closer to Marvels end game of the Infinity War, why not do a poll to find out which MCU film people think is the best, and which is the worst. You can vote for as many films as you want once per day, obviously you can't add any films because I've included all of the current MCU films already so there's nothing to add.
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The right casting choice can elevate a movie to the next level. Even a bad film can be salvaged by an outstanding performance by one of the cast. And whilst though it is somewhat of a new genre in terms of the history of cinema, the comic book movie genre is a good example of this. Finding the right actor to portray a long established and beloved character is a difficult task, so when it happens, it can be magical. So this week we're going to decide who the best casting choice in the history of comic book movies was. We are looking at any actor to portray a character who originated in a comic book. The film does not have to be a Superhero movie, any film adapted from a comic book property will count.
As per usual, I've given you 10 to start and you can add your own. Please remember that when you add your own entry add them withthe actors name and the name of the character they portrayed, along with the movie/ movie series in which they are acting.